80-Year-Old Man Finds Intruder, Pats Him Down at Gunpoint, and Hands Him Over to Police

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An octogenarian operator operated operationally with flying colors in Missouri a few days ago.

The 80-year-old homeowner, who has more than 60 years of experience with firearms, came home to find that something was amiss. First, his garden hose had been turned on and was lying across his driveway. When he got inside, he found his wife concerned that someone had beenΒ  in the house.

“She heard the door open, she said something but nobody answered,” recounted the homeowner, who remains anonymous. “And when she came to come out the back door, the deadbolt lock was locked on the inside.”

The man got a handgun and started sweeping the house. When he got to the basement, he discovered more things that weren’t as he’d left them. That was also where he found the invader, a 36-year-old man who also has not been identified.

“Well I had to reach in and turn a light on under the steps, and that was a little bit concerning, but I did it. When I stepped inside he was really on his knees. I guess when I turned that light on he was starting to get up,” said the homeowner.

Telling the intruder to comply or else get shot, the homeowner patted him down to make sure he was unarmed, then marched him into the backyard, where his 56-year-old son was waiting on the phone with a police dispatcher.

“I either thought he was high on something or hallucinating,” the octogenarian recalled dryly. “He was trying to say something about being an undercover agent.”

The intruder was taken into custody and is now being held by police, without any shots fired and with no injuries to the family. If that’s not a fairytale ending, I don’t know what is. Kudos to this experienced, cool-headed, and responsible gun owner.

You can enjoy a brief interview with news coverage of this heartening tale below:



  1. avatar TommyG says:

    Uh I am a undercover agent working on matters of national security. Its going to require me to leave this house with all your valuables.

    1. avatar Bloving says:

      My bullets are valuable! Here, have a couple!

      1. avatar Cruzo1981 says:


      2. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

        “My bullets are valuable! Here, have a couple!”

        If my life is being threatened, lead becomes the most precious of all the metals… πŸ˜‰

        1. avatar anaxis says:

          As a unreformed SAW shlepper & Ma’s boy, lead is the cheapest thing I own….
          especially when things go hot.

          “When the going gets tough, the tough go cyclic.”

          After that, hopefully the only worry will be finding all the expensive brass.

  2. avatar TweetyRex says:

    I hope you all know that this will not be counted as a defensive gun use, because there were no bodies.

    1. avatar Spectre_USA says:

      Troll much?

      These are the BEST kind of defensive gum uses, with no shots fired, no injuries, and no bodies.

      Just an equalizing tool.

      1. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

        Thanks. You just killed irony as a thing.

        Good job.

      2. avatar Bond says:

        What is a defensive gum use? Is sugar free adequate or must I use “Bazooka” brand bubble gum? How does one deploy defensive gum? So many questions…

        Oh, yeah, by the way: the guy you replied to was speaking of the mainstream media, the gun-grabbers, and the left in general not counting this as an actual DGU due to the lack of blood and corpses.

        Seriously, tell me more about this defensive gum. I’m always open to new toys in the self defense arsenal.

        1. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

          “Seriously, tell me more about this defensive gum. I’m always open to new toys in the self defense arsenal.”

          If the thug that is robbing you puts a gun to your head, the chewing gum in your mouth can be placed by you between the hammer and the frame of the gun pointed at you.

          Behold! A defensive gum use! πŸ˜‰

        2. avatar Big Bill says:

          “If the thug that is robbing you puts a gun to your head, the chewing gum in your mouth can be placed by you between the hammer and the frame of the gun pointed at you.”

          What if he’s using a striker-fired gun? I’m not quick enough to use my gum to gum up one of those.

        3. avatar Bond says:

          I suppose it’s possible, if one had a particularly skilled & strong tongue and high capacity lungs, that you could quickly form your “Bazooka” into a bullet shaped projectile and then forcefully expectorate it into your attackers eye. However, one must decide what type of bullet your projectile should mimic – .45ACP? 9mm? 6.5 Creedmore? And most likely, training will be needed so that you know you have an adequate volume of “Bazooka” in your mouth to mimic your round of choice.

          This defensive gum use is not as simple as it sounds.

  3. avatar Jason says:

    Glad things worked out for the homeowner and his family!

    As a side point, however, it is a bit on the depressing side when a situation that ends with the police showing up and somehow not murdering the family and shooting all the hostages, in the name of public safety you know, is described as a “fairy tale ending”. /SAD

  4. avatar former water walker says:

    Geez I wouldn’t pat him down. I’m not 80 but things can go sideways playing cop. Glad he caught him…

    1. avatar Anymouse says:

      Ditto. I’d make him face away and lay face down spread eagle. No reason to get in grab range. Let a pro with backup worry about disarming and cuffing.

      1. avatar Bloving says:

        Let a pro with latex gloves handle that…

      2. avatar A O says:

        Wrong. Face down, arms behind back- palms up so you can see they are not holding anything, then legs crossed at ankles to slow them down.

        (BLoving- you posted your response as I was typing this, it was not a response to you)

    2. avatar Big Bill says:

      I wouldn’t even try clearing the house; get everyone out (not hard for me – I live alone), and let t he police do their job.

      1. avatar Kenneth says:

        So what do you think might happen if the police show up and just tell you you forgot where you put your hose and forgot you bolted the back door and you’re 80 anyway and so should be in a nursing home? And then look around a little, check your closet and under the bed, and tell you you’re old and stupid?
        So then you sweep the house anyway, do their job for them because they won’t, find the perp and call them back? You think they’ll be happy as hell you showed them up as fools? Hope they don’t get pissed at you and arrest you tomorrow for jaywalking across your yard? I have what might be a real revelation for you: No government employees ever want to actually do their jobs, because they don’t have to. Its much easier to eat donuts than sweep a house.
        Or, more simply put; The police are not your friends.

        1. avatar Charlie Sheen says:

          I feel sorry for you.
          Your dystopian outlook on life must leave you terribly afraid to go home.

  5. avatar RA-15 says:

    It makes complete sense to me. Not every unstable , mentally ill person deserves to be shot. They do however need to be locked safely away from society , get the help they need ” if they aren’t too far gone ” if they are , that’s what jails are for. I don’t believe an unarmed mentally ill person that thinks he’s an under cover agent needs to have their life ended. We are supposed to be better than that. That being said , a crazy armed intruder threatening ones self , or loved one’s is another matter & I personally would not take a chance. Shoot first , figure out details after the police arrive. In N.Y. you can not shoot an unarmed invader in your home. I believe you can pistol whip said intruder. Use deadly force & you are the criminal. I used to have a friend that thought any person wearing eye glasses was a noid as he put it. He swore they were aliens sent to spy on us. He was crazy as a loon. He was also decent & smart , had a black belt in karate & wouldn’t harm a soul , not that he couldn’t if threatened. My point is the Government should provide safe places for the mentally ill:they do not, which is why these people are on our streets , harming themselves and innocent people. Blame the gov , not the gun , it is a tool that does much good in decent people’s hands.

    1. avatar GunnyGene says:

      Well there’s the significant difference between States like NY, and States like MS. Here in MS, a uninvited, unrecognized person in your house is considered and assumed to be dangerous and can be shot with impunity – and often are.

    2. avatar KBonLI says:

      I don’t think he believed that he was an undercover whatever. He saw an old man and wrongly believed him to be gullible enough to just let him go. Guess what, just because someone is old doesn’t make him easy prey.
      P.S. he shouldn’t have patted him down.

  6. avatar bryan1980 says:

    Yeah, I’d have skipped the pat-down, just would have kept him face-down where I found him.

    This is how most DGU’s end, but since it ended without a shot, it won’t go into the figures.

    1. avatar FedUp says:

      would have kept him face-down where I found him.

      Depends on whether you want to summons LE into your home and basement, or you’d rather call them to meet you in the yard.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Good point!!

      2. avatar Big Bill says:

        If you tell the cops you found him in the house and frog-marched him out, they will check inside the house anyway.

    2. avatar Kenneth says:

      That’s why the official government figures estimate DGUs in the millions, but the mom’s in inaction can only find 12. They only count ones where the perp gets dead. If the perp gets shot, stopped, hospitalized, and lives, the gun was not a factor, sez them. Grasp at any straws to keep their cognitive dissonance going.

  7. avatar billy-bob says:

    Perhaps a vertical butt stroke to take with him as a souvenir? Good onya for not getting shot by the po-po.

  8. avatar Ralph says:

    “80-Year-Old Man Finds Intruder, Pats Him Down at Gunpoint, Hands Him Over to Police, Gets Shot by Police, Wife Gets Flash-Banged, Dog Gets Shot, Cat Gets Shot, Neighbor Get Shot for Taking a Video, Cops Say They Went to the Wrong Address, Have Full Immunity So Go Fvck Yourself, Take Four Weeks Leave With Full Pay to Recover From the Trauma and Then Get Promoted for Heroism for Protecting and Serving the Sh!t Out the the Community.”

    And now you know the rest of the story.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Bit early in the evening to be that drunk, ain’t it , Ralph?

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        It’s never too early.

  9. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    Professor John R Lott can add this one to his list of non firing armed self defense numbers. (smile)

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